Below is a collection of stories from a day in the life of The Little Pantry. These stories share the everyday workings of the pantry, and aim to share the common connection we see every day with our friends and visitors. They are stories of hope, sadness, dignity, trust, and most importantly, love. Enjoy!
Today was the Best Day Ever at TLPTC! Well…..truthfully, today was great, but Friday was even better. I got to spend the afternoon with one of our guys– he is my heart – I love him so much. We all do. He’s kinda quiet, extremely witty, has a ton of friends. He’s also battling severe depression and alcoholism.
When he drinks, his depression is overwhelming. When he drinks, the self-loathing begins and he beats himself to death. It breaks my heart. He is not in denial – he knows how bad it is and he is terrified that we won’t love him anymore if he can’t overcome this. I tell him that there is NOTHING he could do to change how much we love him – but it’s hard for him to believe. To him, that makes no sense.
So, most of you know about our 4 guys who just started working at Catholic Charities. He is one of them. I knew he had some hurdles, but I also knew that his desire to change and his dogged determination not to disappoint me would make him perfect for this opportunity. So, he’s now on Week Three and he is doing great! His bosses love him – they say that he’s one of the hardest workers they have. His confidence is coming back. He’s planning for the future.
Oh, but back to Friday. I had planned to pick him up from work later that evening. I was sorting clothes when he snuck in. He got off work early and came straight to the pantry to surprise me. It’s hard to describe why this event sent me over the moon. I looked at him – he was so happy – his smile was so natural – his eyes were so blue. This is a guy who has been working 6 days a week – often 10 hours a day. One would think that the natural thing for him to do on his first afternoon off would be to celebrate with a bottle. But he didn’t. He spent the rest of the day with me stocking shelves and cleaning and remembering why he deserves to love himself as much as I love him. It was a priceless few hours – an afternoon I’ll never forget. It was the Best Day Ever – for me and for him.
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